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Pale Rider -- A nameless stranger who rides into a small California gold rush town finds himself in the middle of a feud between a mining syndicate and a group of independent prospectors.
Pale Rider -- A mysterious preacher protects a humble prospector village from a greedy mining company trying to encroach on their land.

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Director:
Writers:
Michael Butler (written by) &
Dennis Shryack (written by)
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Release Date:
28 June 1985 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Hell comes home See more »
Plot:
A mysterious preacher protects a humble prospector village from a greedy mining company trying to encroach on their land. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Best Western of the 80's? See more (128 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Clint Eastwood ... Preacher

Michael Moriarty ... Hull Barret

Carrie Snodgress ... Sarah Wheeler

Chris Penn ... Josh LaHood (as Christopher Penn)

Richard Dysart ... Coy LaHood

Sydney Penny ... Megan Wheeler

Richard Kiel ... Club

Doug McGrath ... Spider Conway

John Russell ... Stockburn
Charles Hallahan ... McGill
Marvin J. McIntyre ... Jagou

Fran Ryan ... Ma Blankenship
Richard Hamilton ... Jed Blankenship
Graham Paul ... Ev Gossage
Chuck Lafont ... Eddie Conway (as Chuck LaFont)

Jeffrey Weissman ... Teddy Conway
Allen Keller ... Tyson

Randy Oglesby ... Elam (as Tom Oglesby)

Herman Poppe ... Ulrik Lindquist
Kathleen Wygle ... Bess Gossage

Terrence Evans ... Jake Henderson
Jim Hitson ... Biggs
Loren Adkins ... Bossy
Thomas H. Friedkin ... Miner Tom (as Tom Friedkin)

S.A. Griffin ... Deputy Folke
Jack Radosta ... Deputy Grissom
Robert Winley ... Deputy Kobold

Billy Drago ... Deputy Mather
Jeffrey Josephson ... Deputy Sedge

John Dennis Johnston ... Deputy Tucker

Michael Adams ... Horseman (as Mike Adams)

Clay M. Lilley ... Horseman (as Clay Lilley)

Gene Hartline ... Horseman
R.L. Tolbert ... Horseman
Clifford Happy ... Horseman (as Cliff Happy)
Ross Loney ... Horseman
Larry Randles ... Horseman
Mike H. McGaughy ... Horseman (as Mike McGaughy)
Jerry Gatlin ... Horseman (as Gerry Gatlin)
Lloyd Nelson ... Bank Teller
Jay K. Fishburn ... Telegrapher
George Orrison ... Stationmaster Whitey
Milton Murrill ... Porter
Mike Munsey ... Dentist / Barber
Keith Dillin ... Blacksmith
Buddy Van Horn ... Stage Driver (as Wayne Van Horn)
Fritz Manes ... Stage Rider
Glenn Wright ... Stage Rider

Directed by
Clint Eastwood 
 
Writing credits
Michael Butler (written by) &
Dennis Shryack (written by)

Produced by
Clint Eastwood .... producer
Fritz Manes .... executive producer
David Valdes .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Lennie Niehaus 
 
Cinematography by
Bruce Surtees (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Joel Cox 
 
Production Design by
Edward C. Carfagno  (as Edward Carfagno)
 
Set Decoration by
Ernie Bishop 
 
Makeup Department
Kathryn Blondell .... hair stylist
Barbara Guedel .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Fritz Manes .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Matt Earl Beesley .... second assistant director
L. Dean Jones Jr. .... second assistant director
David Valdes .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Edward Aiona .... property master (as Eddie Aiona)
Airick Kredell .... lead man
Bob Lawless .... stand-by painter
Michael Muscarella .... construction coordinator
Robert E. Sessa .... set designer (as Bob Sessa)
Jay Newington .... set dresser: Sonora (uncredited)
Scott Nifong .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Rick Alexander .... sound re-recording mixer (as Dick Alexander)
Donald A. Bolger .... cable man (as Donald L. Bolger)
Les Fresholtz .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert G. Henderson .... supervising sound effects editor (as Bob Henderson)
C. Darin Knight .... sound mixer
Alan Robert Murray .... supervising sound effects editor
Vern Poore .... sound re-recording mixer
Jules Strasser .... boom man
Brooke Henderson Ward .... assistant sound editor (as Brooke Henderson)
 
Special Effects by
Chuck Gaspar .... special effects
Jeffrey A. Wischnack .... special effects technician (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Kerrie Cullen .... stunts
Tom Ellison .... stunts
Bob Herron .... stunts
Leroy Hershkowitz .... stunts
Walt La Rue .... stunts
Buddy Van Horn .... stunt coordinator (as Wayne Van Horn)
James Winburn .... stunts (as Jim Winburn)
Diamond Farnsworth .... stunts (uncredited)
Gene Hartline .... stunts (uncredited)
George Orrison .... stunt double: Clint Eastwood (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ed Ayer .... best boy
Kirk Bales .... dolly grip (as Kirk E. Bales)
Brad Edmiston .... camera assistant
Buzz Feitshans IV .... camera assistant
Jack N. Green .... camera operator (as Jack Green)
Leo J. Napolitano .... additional camera operator (as Leo Napolitano)
Marcia Reed .... still photographer
Charles Saldana .... key grip
Bruce D. Spellman .... second grip (as Bruce Spellman)
Stephen St. John .... additional camera operator
Baird Steptoe .... camera assistant
Tom Stern .... gaffer
Tama Takahashi .... camera assistant
Mike Thomas .... camera assistant
Bill Young .... dolly grip (as William C. Young)
Víctor Pérez .... lighting technician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Phyllis Huffman .... casting executive
Christopher Gorman .... casting assistant (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Darryl M. Athons .... wardrobe: men (as Darryl Athons)
Deborah Hopper .... wardrobe: women (as Deborah Ann Hopper)
Glenn Wright .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Jack Garsha .... color timer
John Morrisey .... assistant film editor
 
Music Department
Donald Harris .... music editor
Robert Fernandez .... scoring mixer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Keith Dillin .... transportation captain
H. William Miller .... transportation coordinator (as Bill Miller)
 
Other crew
Marco Barla .... unit publicist
Paul A. Calabria .... animal handler (as Paul Calabria)
Jay K. Fishburn .... wrangler
Judie Hoyt .... assistant to producers
Linda Sony Kinney .... production secretary
Michael Maurer .... assistant to producers
Michael Maurer .... auditor
Bill McCamby .... first aid
Karin McElhatton .... animal handler (as Karin Dew)
Lloyd Nelson .... script supervisor
Jim Porter .... first aid
Elise Ganz .... studio teacher (uncredited)
Bill McCamey .... first aid nurse (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
115 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
It was at the premiere of this film that Clint Eastwood had a tryst with flight attendant Jacelyn Reeves and conceived their son, Scott Eastwood.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Barrett speaks of a four ounce nugget being a quarter-pound of gold. Precious metals (gold, silver and platinum) are measured by Troy weight, which has 12 ounces per pound.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Megan Wheeler:Lindsey.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Giallo (2009)See more »

FAQ

Why did the Preacher say that Spider was a brave man if he'd been drunk and disorderly when he was killed?
Why did the big guy, Club, help out the Preacher while he was dynamiting LaHood's mining camp?
What is LaHood's business? Why did he want the prospectors land?
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16 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Best Western of the 80's?, 24 July 2003
Author: LuboLarsson from Scotland

I don't know if this is the best Western of the 1980's, it wouldn't be too hard I suppose as there wasn't really that many made in that decade, or now unfortunately. Its the best Western of that decade that I have seen, the only other good one I can recall is Silverado and Young Guns was pretty good though the sequel was even better. The 1990's was a much better decade for Western fans, Dances with Wolves, Unforgiven, Tombstone, Wyatt Earp, Young Guns 2, The Quick and the Dead and of course Bad Girls (Only joking!). Anyway Pale Rider seen Clint Eastwood return to the Western after quite a few years doing other types of movies and luckily Pale Rider is a great film. As has been mentioned in numerous other user comments it does borrow very heavily from the Classic Western Shane and Clint's own High Plains Drifter but it never tries to hide this fact and its a great film in its own right. Very moody and beautifully shot with great performances all round. Clint was on top of his game on this one and produced a top notch Western that ranks amongst one of his best below The Good the Bad and the Ugly, Unforgiven and The Outlaw Josey Whales. I would love to see Eastwood make another Western but find it highly unlikely as he couldn't possibly top his last one Unforgiven but at least Kevin Costner has got one coming out later this year. Look out for Richard Kiel in this one he played Jaws in a couple of Bond films and Sean Penns brother Chris, who was a lot thinner in those days! Highly recommended ***8/10***

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